Differences in Cultural

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Cultural Differences between Japan and U.S. There are many cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan. Each country has their culture and lifestyle. While we may feel that Japanese cultural and lifestyle seems strange, they likewise look at Americans as being different. It is important to realize that Japanese and American culture is swayed by the society of people. Americans belong to a number of subcultures due to immigration, while Japanese society has less immigration and is not as diverse when it comes to subcultures. Since there are so many cultural differences between Japan and the U.S., we cannot discuss its entirety but review a few differences as it relates to the family, greeting, business, and government. First, the…show more content…
American schools have more access to new technology then Japanese school and students are able to advance more rapidly in technology. Another noticeable culture difference between America and Japan is business practices. In Japan, business relationships begin with an exchange of business cards. To be acceptable to Japanese, the card should have English on one side and Japanese on the other. The card is accepted with both hands and with a bow. It is read with interest otherwise the Japanese consider you as being rude and it may damage the business relationship. Business practices are different than American business practices because Japanese emphasize teamwork and Americans are more concerned with individual enterprise. Punctuality and reliability is valued greatly in Japan. Although it is changing, seniority has traditionally been more important to Japanese business than achievement or skills. Japanese believe strongly in loyalty to the company. The company’s needs come first and individual needs are secondary. Whereas Americans feel they have rights and these rights and come before loyalty to the company. If their rights are not met, they go to higher powers or file complaints. One important value the Japanese has is the process of greeting individuals. They believe greetings heightened sense of formality and professionalism, which underlies respect. Bowing is part of showing gratitude, to express

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